1966

The Church and Rectory are Built

Vatican II was like a big rock thrown into the still waters of a big pond. Once that rock fell, its effects were felt everywhere as the ripples moved away from the center. For a newly founded Parish on the Hamilton Mountain, only seven years old, the ripple effect of Vatican II was seen in the design of its new Church. A Church design that would physically manifest the new relation between the “Roman Catholic Church” and the faithful in the “Modern World.”

On June 12, 1966, Regina Mundi Church and Rectory were officially opened and blessed by Bishop Joseph F. Ryan, the Ordinary of the Diocese of Hamilton. The Pastor of Regina Mundi Parish at this time was Rev. Thomas Graham and his Associate was Rev. Thomas McCoy. The Church was purposefully constructed to reflect the Directives of Vatican II so that the Faithful could more fully participate in the Sacrifice of the Mass. The Altar was made the focal point of the Church plan. Fan-shaped seating was deliberately designed to surround the Altar. The architect for the new Church and Rectory was Michael J. Torsney.

In 1966, the Rectory was built to accommodate three priests, a visiting priest and a Housekeeper. Three offices and a conference room were included within the Rectory for Parish work. The Rectory and Church were under one common roof.

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Dedication Stone 1966